- 1(used with plural nouns. The noun may have the, this, that, my, her, his, etc. in front of it, or a number.) the whole number of All horses are animals, but not all animals are horses. Cars were coming from all directions (= every direction). All the people you invited are coming. All my plants have died. All five men are hard workers.
- 2 (used with uncountable nouns. The noun may have the, this, that, my, her, his, etc. in front of it.) the whole amount of All wood tends to shrink. You had all the fun and I did all the hard work. All this mail must be answered. He has lost all his money.
- 3used with singular nouns showing something has been happening for a whole period of time He's worked hard all year. She was unemployed for all that time.
- 4the greatest possible In all honesty (= being as honest as I can), I can't agree.
- 5consisting or appearing to consist of one thing only The magazine was all advertisements. She was all smiles (= smiling a lot).
- 6any whatever He denied all knowledge of the crime. Idioms
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and other similar things I'm bored by history—dates and battles and all that stuff.
and all that (jazz, stuff, etc.) (informal)jump to other results
not particularly good, well, etc. He doesn't sing all that well.
not all that good, well, etc.jump to other results
not as much as has been suggested They're not as rich as all that.
not as bad(ly), etc. as all thatjump to other results
used to express anger I locked myself out. Of all the stupid things to do!
of all the… (informal)jump to other results
used to express surprise because someone or something seems the least likely person, example, etc. I didn't think you, of all people, would become a vegetarian.
of all people, things, etc. (informal)jump to other results
in or from all directions; everywhere We realized we were surrounded on all sides. Disaster threatens on every side. She was bombarded with questions from all sides.
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